Director and Instructor
Tim Jones is Director of Surf School Sri Lanka and Surf School Lanzarote and SUP Yoga Sri Lanka. From Wales, he’s been surfing for over 50 years and coaching for over 35 years.
Beginning coaching in the early 80’s he’s worked continually at all levels of surfer. While developing internationally recognized coaching programs for advanced, intermediate and beginner surfers he still coaches competitive surfers and has a string of National Champions who have spent time under his guidance. Tim’s is an ex national finalist himself.
Tim was also responsible for the set up of the first special needs surfing courses in Europe and paved the way for this vital area of coaching.
He’s been involved in the structure of coaching awards since 1982 and works closely with the International Surfing Association as a course presenter and advisory. He has been given the job of developing surfing in Sri Lanka by the Minster for Sport Mr Dayasiri Jayasekara. He’s just recently helped form the first national Surfing Federation for Sri Lanka.
He also spent many years in the surfboard industry having worked with some of the best American and Australian shapers to come to Europe. He is in the unique position of being a board designer and surfing coach.
Still surfing himself all the time he has a boundless energy and enthusiasm for people, coaching and surfing. When interviewed recently he was asked ‘had the Ocean taught him anything in life’his answer was …. ‘That I am part of it ‘
Ben began surfing in France and Australia but comes from land locked Switzerland. A place he calls “the Capitol of Surfing “. But there of course he was able to develop snowboard skills over 22 years that helped with an easy transition to his surfing. He’s holds International Surfing Association Level 1 and also an International Life Saving Federation award.
The season of 17 / 18 will be his second at Surf School Sri Lanka and he says he enjoys the technical way that surfing is coached at the school and particularly the chance to use video analysis to speed up learning curves. But also the way clients get to bond and work in small groups. Ben shows a real empathy with those he coaches as he feels he is always developing and learning in his own surfing and this really shows in his coaching with us.
On days off he’s often found at “The Rock”, one of the more powerful and challenging waves in Sri Lanka where he works on his own technique and his constant search for that “magic board”.
Oscar had always wanted to surf and sail as a child and just to be around the ocean. As a teen he started coaching windsurfing and dinghy sailing. He discovered he had a passion for teaching and so took a Vocational Educational Training qualification in Physical Education. This has led him to work and travel to Indonesia, Canary Islands, Norway, Morocco, Maldives and Sri Lanka.
He’s been teaching surfing for the last 6 years and enjoys the challenging aspects of teaching surfing and helping people simplify the skills of surfing. This, of course, aids their progression while keeping it fun. He also recognises the self analytical side of teaching and the wide variety of approaches to teaching different personalities, and of course the satisfaction of seeing people achieve their goals.
He would like to take his surfing into bigger waves one day and enjoys other outdoor activities, is a keen fisherman and sails and bikes. His hopes are one day to be involved in surf coaching for those with special needs. He holds International Surfing Association Level 1 and also an International Life Saving Federation award.
Leading your Yoga sessions for surfers will be Magda who practiced and taught yoga in various studios around Manchester. Before that she was working in a very stressful environment which created the need for her to find something which was going to be good for her body and mind. She felt in love with Ashtanga Yoga as she realised that the practice is much more than just physical exercises. Fascinated by the breath, flow and changes that yoga started to make in her life, she decided that she would love to pass on that practice to other people.
Magda completed her Yoga Alliance Ashtanga teacher training at the beautiful Samahita Retreat, at Koh Samui in Thailand where she studied yoga anatomy, philosophy and different breathing techniques – pranayama. Fascinated by water since she was a sailing kid, she discovered Stand Up Paddleboard and very quickly she started using the board as an alternative yoga mat and after teacher training in Brighton she opened first SUP yoga classes in Manchester, UK. As she says water is her element, nature is her healer, yoga is her life.
Coming from the village of Kathalua and living next to the centre, Tharika began his surfing at the beach of Kabalana and the challenging waves of “the Rock” More often than not he’s our videographer and endures the heat and humidity to give us our day by day footage of your surfing.
He’s the younger half of a father and son team at the Centre where his Dad Piadasa has been for many years. Speaking English and knowing a little Russian if he’s not surfing or working or caring for his Mum he’s bombing around the coast in his red tuk tuk looking for a wave and doing all the things a young Sri Lankan like to do… which is mainly party!
Piadasa has looked after our amazing house and Centre for over 20 years. He has a deep love for our building and we know what a joyful experience it has been for him to see it transformed into the wonderful Centre it is now. Shy, helpful and respectful and Tharika‘s Dad he is truly part of the lifeblood of our project here. We can only say thanks to his unending loyalty to us.
Our lovely chef Karmai keeps us fuelled and happy with the most delicious Sri Lanka vegetarian cooking. Always open to a new recipe she taken on some other vegetarian favourites from around the world and given them a small Sri Lankan twist. We are so happy to have her with us.